He’s always been outspoken. He’s sometimes been a controversial diva. But, for most Red Sox fans, Pedro Martinez will always be our diva–who for a few years was the most dominant pitcher on the planet.
Specifically, in 1999 and 2000, his numbers were downright sick. Over that span, his record was 41-10. He hurled 430.1 innings and gave up only 288 hits. Oh, and did I mention that he struck out 597 batters? More impressive, however, are his ERA stats in those two years. In 1999, he lead the league with a 2.07 mark, but in 2000 it was a ridiculous 1.74. Needless to say, he won back-to-back Cy Young awards. The 2004 World Series ring was the frosting on his Boston stay. In Game 3, he fired 7 shutout innings.
So, when he toes the rubber this evening for the Phillies, remember the great times with the Red Sox and also remember that he still considers himself a “Bostonian”–and root him to victory over the Evil Ones.